Reading v Barnsley preview

Team news for Reading's Championship clash with Barnsley at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Last Updated: 24/09/10 at 09:49

Howard: Former Tyke is suspended

Howard: Former Tyke is suspended

Reading boss Brian McDermott will be without midfielder Brian Howard for the clash against Barnsley as he starts a three-match ban.

The 27-year-old received a straight red card for a late tackle against Middlesbrough and will miss out against his former club.

Hal Robson Kanu, Michail Antonio and Jake Taylor will fight it out to replace him while Jay Tabb's ankle injury rules him out.

Noel Hunt or Simon Church could return to the side if McDermott continues with a 4-4-2 formation although it is expected he will revert to his favoured 4-5-1 following the defeat against Boro.

The game is likely to come too soon for Andy Griffin and Julian Kelly as both continue to recover from hamstring injuries but club captain Ivar Ingimarsson and Chris Armstrong could be fit enough to take their place on the bench after reserve team run-outs.

Barnsley's latest loan signing Chris Wood will go straight into the squad for the clash.

The 18-year-old Kiwi has completed a 93-day emergency loan move from West Brom and is in contention.

Midfielder Hugo Colace is expected to return to the squad after missing the last three games due to a calf injury.

Manager Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension problems and is not expected to make too many changes following last week's home draw with Derby.

The point was enough to lift Barnsley into the top half of the table but Robins' side have yet to register a league win away from home this season and have taken only one point from three matches.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
N Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich
Monday, 21 April 2014
Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 43 -27 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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